Week 4

  Plastering Continues There are three plastering layers; The scratch coat, the form coat and a smoother mix for the outer finish. The scratch coat (cob with straw) makes it possible for the material to adhere, the form coat gives form and body to the building and gives it its final look. For the third … [Read more…]

Week 3

Tyre Wall Progression Plastic is placed at the bottom and top of the tyre wall to lead water away from the wall. ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]    The tyre wall grows higher and the last of the tyre pounding takes place until the wall has finally reached the desired height. ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” … [Read more…]

Week 2

Earth Tests How to test for tensile strength Make two bricks by using the cob method (we used clay and sand) and a 2-litre ice-cream tub as a mould. Allow the bricks to cure for a minimum of three weeks in the sun. Once it has cured,drop the brick from waist height onto a very … [Read more…]

Tools & More

Dumpy Level An optical instrument that’s used to establish or verify points in the same horizontal plane. It is used in surveying and building with a vertical staff to measure height differences and to transfer, measure and set heights. This instrument is also used to ensure that the tyres are level with each other across … [Read more…]

Week 1

Site Seeing The first few days on site we got a feel for the community and how people moved about the site. Children would pass to and fro school everyday, seeing as Hindle Road Primary School is just opposite of the Childhood Development Center. The locals were also curious to see what we were constructing and … [Read more…]

Earth & Tyre

As a first year Interior Design student, I have the privilege to participate in a project concerning the construction of an Early Childhood Development Center in Delft, Cape Town. In the following four weeks, our team of students will be taken under the wing of the Natural Building Collective crew. They’ll teach us all about … [Read more…]